Thursday, December 6, 2012
Beginning Reader Book Review: Secret Santa
Written by: Margaret McNamara
Illustrated by: Mike Gordon
Published by: Simon Spotlight, 2012
* The Robin Hill School is a series written by Margaret McNamara that follows a class of first graders. It's great for beginning readers and geared towards children ages 4-6. My four year old son has really taken off with his reading and this series is perfect for him. Secret Santa was our first read of the series together.
In this story Katie wears a Christmas sweater to school and her classmate Andrew makes fun of it, calling her "Rudolph Raccoon." Later, when the students pick names out of the hat for their Secret Santas, of course she picks Andrew. She doesn't want to give him a present though because he was mean to her. Eventually she has a change of heart.....but is it too late?
The story line isn't new. We've read a children's book in the past along the same lines where one classmate is mean to another and the classmate doesn't want to give the mean classmate a Valentine. However, for first graders, this is something that they can relate to (oh....to be young again!).
My son, named Connor, was embarrassed to read the teacher's name, Mrs. Connor. He didn't explain why he wouldn't read it, he just got shy and told me to read her name. I'm not sure if it's because the teacher is a woman and he didn't realize Connor was her last name.
We will definitely be reading more of the Robin Hill School series. This was an enjoyable holiday related book that my 4 year old son could read to me.
This book was borrowed from the library.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.
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